A matchup between two teams ranked in the top 10 of the NJCAA football ranks just became more interesting following a decision that was upheld MACJC Athletic Council.<>
When the the No. 4 Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers travel to Scooba to play the No. 8 EMCC Lions Thursday night, they now have a chance to end the longest winning streak in the history of junior college football.
The Lions' winning streak is still alive after Co-Lin, the team that defeated the Lions in Week 2 of the schedule, had to forfeit the 31-24 victory. The Wolves dressed a player that was ruled ineligible by Jim Southward, the MACJC Director of Athletic Activities.
Southward was the one who spotted the irregularity through his annual eligibility check list. Co-Lin was alerted about the player's status, and he didn't play past the second week. Co-Lin filed an appeal of Southward's decision. The athletics council that helps rule in MACJC matters upheld the original decision in a meeting on Friday.
While some rules differ between MACJC and the NJCAA, Southward made it clear that compliance on eligible players are the same, and that sanctions call for the games to be forfeited. Co-Lin is currently in the process of sending an official letter to EMCC athletic officials, as well as one to ICC, the team Co-Lin defeated 26-14 in the 2015 season opener. At the time of the meeting, the Wolves were ranked No. 7 in the nation. ICC is currently 4-3 overall, and 3-2 in the MACJC North Division.
The letters will make the return of wins official, giving the Lions the longest winning streak, currently at 32 games, in the nation. At the time of the meeting with the Wolves, EMCC was set to tie the record at 26.
EMCC won the last five games after the meeting with Co-Lin and currently sit tied with undefeated Rangers (7-0) at the top of the MACJC North Division.